Brave Express Might Gaine was the fourth Brave Series produced by Sunrise. Might Gaine aired in Japan in 1993, with a total of 47 episodes. Unlike prior shows in the Brave Series, the robots were created by humans, as opposed to having more extraterrestrial or supernatural origins.Might Gaine is set in the near future, when the world's reserves of fossil fuel have nearly run out; cars are powered with recharageable electric batteries, and long distance trade is handled by surface ships such as trains. Also made possible are the construction of powerful mecha, some of which are used for criminal ends.Opposing them is the Brave Express Team, lead by by the teenage industrialist Might Senpuuji. Given life by an advanced AI program, he is assisted by his own team of transforming mecha. The episodes are fairly stand-alone for the first part of the series; it isn't until Might's rival, Joe, shows up that there is really any connecting thread between the episodes. The main enemy isn't even hinted at until further on.Best known as the otherBrave Series entry with Nobuyuki Hiyamavoicing the lead character.
Cool Train: MIGHT GAINEEEEE! Also, the Bombers and the Divers. Oh, and Might Gunner and Might Kaiser.
To explain just how much Cool Train the Brave Express team is packing: Might Gaine is comprised of 3 trains, 2 of which can be stored within the larger. Might Kaiser and Might Gunner are 1 each. The Bombers and Divers are 4 trains each, which can combine into 2 larger trains. That's thirteen trains total, capable of combining into five larger ones. Oh, and those 5 can lock together to pull off their ultimate Finishing Move: Joint Dragon Fire. (Yes, their ultimate attack involves the opponent getting run over by thirteen Cool Trains.)
Cinderella Circumstances: Sally, a high school girl struggling to make ends meet in taking care of her hospitalized single parent dad and elementary school little brother, takes on different part time jobs per episode throughout the series and unfortunately gets trapped within enemy disputes practically all the time. And the one who always saves her was Prince Charming Might... ah-hem, conclusion please.
The Rival: Joe. (his last name is obvious enough....)
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Guard Diver is destroyed, Might and Might Gaine go on one of these against Purple. Battle Bomber is then destroyed. Maito and Great Might Gaine respond by bisecting the robot that did it, then killing Purple by blowing his battleship and army into oblivion with the Perfect Cannon. This probably extends to Exeve and Black Noir as well.
Shout Out: A little boy from a ridiculously wealthy family witnessed his parents' death at a young age, brought up by his butler, swears to fight to protect his city in the name of justice and revenge on whoever plotted his parents' death, and so, teamed up with his butler in using his mansion to build machines to fight against their enemies, does that even freaking remind you of somebody?
In the episode featuring the Evil Twin, Black Might Gaine, its transformation sequence finishes off with the villain docking with it a la Mazinger Z.
Spell My Name with an S: Might is often translated to Maito, much like how Guy is sometimes translated as Gai, primarily to keep consistency with how names of mecha are spelled.
Star-Making Role: In terms of his Hot-Blooded resume, Might WAS Hiyama's first protagonist role of his career. And Might , back then, was such a success, Hiyama then continues to earn roles in the package of one-Hero Protagonist-per-year for the next 6 years straight!
Taking You with Me: Joe does a suicide run and flies his mecha right into Exeve's cockpit, impaling him on the drill.
Transformation Is a Free Action: One villain managed to succeed to prevent the combination of the individual Braves using the robots Raijin and Jinrai, by firing an anti-cominbine magnet from the base and having Raijin and Jinrai surround it to disrupt the combination. Luckily Might Gunner ended it by firing at the ship's antenna which provided the anti-combination mechanism, and the villain gets it. See Cool Train above on how the good guys payed him back.
The Worf Effect: Gaine is a pretty effective combatant in the first episode... and then after that he starts getting kicked around, having to hold out until the Locomoriser shows up to form Might Gaine.